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Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 PANINI CONTENDERS RC ROOKIE TICKET AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO $175
7 bids - Price: $31.00 - Watchers: 27
Item # 291394090467
2014 Panini Immaculate Johnny Manziel Patch Autograph #/99
10 bids - Price: $143.50 - Watchers: 23
Item # 121579656442
2014 Immaculate Johnny Manziel Gold Patch Auto RC #'ed /25
8 bids - Price: $38.00 - Watchers: 20
Item # 271790789590
Johnny Manziel Cameron 2014 Immaculate Dual NFL Shields Browns 1/1 Non Auto Boom
10 bids - Price: $102.00 - Watchers: 18
Item # 191524970630
2014 Topps strata Johnny Manziel signature relic jersey autograph Browns Rc AUTO
8 bids - Price: $39.83 - Watchers: 17
Item # 371269236665
2014 Panini Playbook Johnny Manziel RC Auto 10/10 *eBay 1/1*
6 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 17
Item # 221703814867
2014 Immaculate #109 Rookie Patch AUTO Johnny Manziel Redemption Card
20 bids - Price: $65.00 - Watchers: 16
Item # 361224577241
2014 Topps Chrome Johnny Manziel Variation Auto /75 Money Pack Fresh Short Print
5 bids - Price: $89.88 - Watchers: 16
Item # 151605133402
2014 Immaculate #9 Priemium Patches Rookie AUTO Johnny Manziel Redemption Card
15 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 15
Item # 371266564169
2014 Johnny Manziel Panini Crown Royale Silhouette RC Patch Auto #/299 Browns
2 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 14
Item # 251857768481
2014 Immaculate PLAYER CAPS Johnny Manziel RC New Era Laundry Tag Patch 2/5
6 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 381168837911
2014 Topps Triple Threads JOHNNY MANZIEL Rookie AUTO 3x Glove / Ball Relic 1/1
9 bids - Price: $50.00 - Watchers: 13
Item # 281615594255
2014 TOPPS MINI CHROME FOOTBALL JOHNNY MANZIEL PULSAR REFRACTOR ROOKIE AUTO 2/15
4 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 13
Item # 161620763829
2014 Panini Immaculate Johnny Manziel Premium Patches auto patch redemption /49
9 bids - Price: $66.69 - Watchers: 12
Item # 201294151327
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 Topps Chrome Mini ROOKIE AUTO VARIATION RC SSP
13 bids - Price: $56.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 361228540197
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS CHROME MINI ON CARD RC AUTO MONEY MANZIEL SP
10 bids - Price: $66.50 - Watchers: 12
Item # 111607929373
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